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Creating Successful Research Assignments: Research Assignment Examples

Guidelines for creating research assignments for students.

The Good...

At SVC, we are lucky.  There are many, many examples of excellent research assignments every quarter. Here are a few of our favorites.  All of these have the following in common:

  • They have clear, detailed instructions
  • They direct students to resources that are available
  • They include clear criteria for what is successful
  • Many are scaffolded, and include benchmarks for students to complete.
  • They are related to course learning outcomes

Here are a few examples:

The Bad and the Ugly

  • Scavenger hunts without a purpose - asking students to look around the library for trivial bits of information is not research and is often viewed as meaningless busy work.
  • Assignments that direct all students to one or two specific titles in the library -  please ensure that enough resources are available for everyone in the class to be successful or that high demand resources are placed on Reserve to ensure equal access.
  • Assignments that include incorrect citations or citations for resources that are no longer or have never been available in the library.  Please check first.
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